With a big splash, the first 3D printed fully articulated gown was modeled and presented by the queen of burlesque Dita Von Teese to a crowd of über-cool fashonistas and paparazzi at the Ace Hotel in New York. The gown is based on the Fibonacci sequence and was designed by Michael Schmidt and 3D modeled by architect Francis Bitonti to be 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways. The gown was assembled from 17 pieces, dyed black, lacquered and adorned with over 13,000 Swarovski crystals to create a sensual flowing form.
Thousands of unique components were 3D printed in a flowing mesh designed exactly to fit Dita's body. This represents the possibility to 3D print complex, customized fabric like garments designed exactly to meet a specific person or need. As we see the material properties of 3D printing mature to produce more fine, flexible materials we will see more and more forays into fashion such as this. At first it is at the boundaries of haute couture and art but as we have seen with Nike using 3D printing in footwear, we will see more and more 3D printing creep into the world of clothing and fashion until it becomes ubiquitous.